Noel Barrett Summer Auction Available Exclusively Online through Artfact Live!
(Boston, MA) – June 12, 2009 -- Artfact is pleased to announce Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions’ “Toys of Summer” auction will be available for online bidding exclusively through Artfact Live! Featuring over 1000 lots of toys, the two-day auction, on June 19th and 20th, is a “can’t miss” for serious collectors. Including models, automatons, early optical and pre-cinema toys, tin plate, early banks, slot machines, dolls and Disneyana, there is something for every collector and “big kid”. “Toys of Summer” will be available live online to bidders and interested viewers around the world, exclusively through Artfact and Invaluable’s industry leading online auction bidding platform. If you can’t be part of the action in Carversville, Pennsylvania, simply visit Artfact.com or Invaluable.com, to register free to bid and explore the world’s largest marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions. If you’re not ready to bid, simply watch the activity live from the auction floor using the Artfact/Invaluable Live! consoles.
Highlighting Part One on June 19th are two rare Dinky Vans, Lots 176 and 177, with opening bids at $1500. Lot 176 is decorated with the slogan, “Meccano Engineering for Boys” and Lot 177 has “Use Kodak Film to be Sure.” The top lot of the sale is Lot 591, a Marklin Iowa Battleship that opens for bidding at $10,000 on June 20th. Descending through direct heirs from the original owner, who was given it as a Christmas gift in 1903, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an absolutely original example of a first series battleship in the finest condition ever handled by Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions. Lot 508, also on June 20th, features a Plank Hot Air Powered Praxinoscope. Bidding begins at $3,000 for this Praxinoscope, one of the scarcest pre-cinema toys.
Since the departure of eBay Live Auctions, Artfact Live! has taken the lead in the live auction arena by partnering exclusively with the world’s most prestigious auction houses to host their online auctions.
As it continues to build the world’s most affluent and knowledgeable bidding community, Artfact offers free registration, offering unlimited access to Artfact Live! partner auctions and free searching of the past 12 months of price results in its auction records database. Artfact’s Advanced Search allows users to narrow searches by entering keywords, price range, auction date range, or auction house name.
Founded in 1989, Artfact is the largest global marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions. On January 1, 2009, Artfact launched Artfact Live!, its proprietary live auction bidding platform, enabling users to bid real time on auctions being held around the world by its prestigious auction house partners. Currently, over 1,000 fine auctioneers actively list their catalogues with Artfact.com and its U.K. sister site Invaluable.com, reaching the Artfact community of more than 10 million knowledgeable collectors and dealers worldwide. Artfact's industry leading database includes more than 50 million complete auction results totaling more than $190 billion in value, including information on more than 500,000 international artists. In 2006, Artfact merged with RFC Systems, the leading provider of enterprise software developed specifically for the fine art and antique auction house industry. RFC helps prestigious auction houses around the world manage their businesses by automating their day-to-day operations.
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